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ERIC Number: ED148450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 27
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The Chemistry Preparatory Course in Community Colleges: A Case Study.
Ozsogomonyan, Ardas; Clinkscales, Kyle
A four year study was made of the effectiveness of a chemistry preparatory course (Chemistry 51) on students' success in general chemistry (Chemistry 1A-1B) in the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District (California). Data indicated: (1) approximately 60% of the students enrolled in Chemistry 51 completed the course, and of these, approximately 25% subsequently enrolled in Chemistry 1A and approximately 18% enrolled in Chemistry 1B; (2) Chemistry 51 grades were reliable indicators of Chemistry 1A performance; (3) Chemistry 51 graduates appeared to perform equally with those students enrolled directly into Chemistry 1A and 1B; (4) repeating students constituted 7.6% of Chemistry 51 enrollment, and over half of these repeaters withdrew from the course; (5) 96 students transferred from one college to another while taking the three course sequence, and appeared to maintain their level of performance. These courses were taught in the traditional lecture-discussion mode, with laboratory work included. The majority of the students enrolled in Chemistry 51 had no chemistry background and were inadequately prepared in mathematics and communication skills. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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